Frank Lampard insists that if the winger leaves Chelsea he ‘d wish Willian well and there’ll be no harsh feelings.
With his Stamford Bridge deal expiring following the successes of the Blues’ Champions League, Brazil midfielder Willian is believed to be closing in on a move to Arsenal.
Reports on Friday claimed Willian is ‘upset and offended’ at Chelsea’s efforts to keep him at the club after seven years of service, or apparent lack of it.
However, Lampard insisted that Chelsea has ‘done all we can’ to try to keep the 70-cap Brazilian at Stamford Bridge, but it is understood that Willian has rejected the Blues’ bids of a new two-year contract.
“It actually doesn’t matter about disappointment from any party in this situation,” said Lampard. “I haven’t got an answer for you (if Willian will leave) first and foremost, because Willian remains our player at the moment. “He’s injured for Saturday, and he was injured for the cup final. He would have given everything to play in those games. “I know Willian well, I’ve seen him, he’s carried this injury a little bit from the latter part of the restart. “In terms of being disappointed, certainly as a club I think we have done everything we can to explain to Willian, and mine and his relationship is really close. “I would have no feeling of disappointment if he does move on. “I’ve played with him, coached him, he’s a fantastic man and a fantastic player.”